NJHS/NHS – service organization; tutorial program:
This is a self-candidate process that occurs every year beginning in December with acceptance announced in late February. We serve the school as peer tutors during academic advisory and afterschool 1 hour Monday through Thursday.
Project G.U.T.C. – Afterschool club:
This is Growing Up Thinking Computationally, a middle school (primarily) program that introduces students to the use of writing their own computer programs to carry out scientific investigations. This year our focus will be on introducing Primary Vocabulary of computer science, introducing the students to 4 separate programming languages, and having students write their own programs in each of them. They will also take on an individual project using the languages and curriculum presented as a way to investigate some specific process they may be interested in.
This is a computer programming project for primarily high school students where they will develop a scientific study (generally) on a subject of their own choosing and then program it in a language of choice, present it at an expo (science fair sort of situation). This is a very self-motivated (but in a team setting) and driven project with adult sponsors there for assistance, NOT to drag the student through. We attend a kick-off ceremony in Socorro in the fall and an expo and awards ceremony in Los Alamos in the spring.
Speech and Debate Team:
This is a club/ team that travels around the state competing with other schools in 12 different debate, public speaking and acting events that students can choose to focus on. No experience necessary to join! Students that compete with the speech and debate team learn how to be strong critical thinkers, confident public speakers, and better writers and test takers. The team meets every Monday and Wednesday after school from 3:30-4:30. Tournaments run throughout the year for students 7-12th grade (6th by invitation). For further information, contact Coach Lisa at email@example.com.
Leos Club, Youth Leadership through Service:
In 2016, LEOs raised funds to go to Haiti and help build a school, an awesome goal with life-changing implications. LEOs Clubs are the youth organizations of Lions Club International. Leos are youths aged 12 – 18 who seek to serve people in need with special emphasis and focus on children and community. The Desert LEOs: Leadership, Experience, Opportunity. The Desert LEOs Club is comprised of community-minded students committed to seeking leadership opportunities through service and outreach on local, national and international levels.
Community involvement throughout the year – In the past, students held fundraisers to benefit impoverished communities in the Dominican Republic where they traveled to do outreach and service work, focusing especially on children. Local and national community service projects have included:
· Aspen Community School’s literacy and enrichment program
· Española Valley Animal Shelter
· Santa Fe Children’s Museum
· Desert Academy Climate Night
How to be part of the Club: Interested students (all ages, all grades) can speak to the Club Advisor. Announcements and meetings will be held to welcome new members in the month of October. Stay tuned!
The Yearbook Committee is a full year service committee that will produce a high quality yearbook. This committee is open to any student (6-12) who is interested in giving their time to help make that book happen. Prior experience is not necessary. The 2016 11th graders took on the Yearbook as their CAS project. We will have work for all types of students – the photographer, graphic artist, creative thinker, computer whiz, helper, and those with unknown special talents. Hands-on learning will be typical. Please join if you have any interest at all in working with us! Times of meetings will be explained at a later date.
Outdoor and Sustainability Club:
The Outdoors and Sustainability Club at Desert Academy is dedicated to engaging in fun and meaningful activities to enjoy the outdoors and promote environmental sustainability on our campus and in the larger community. We plan trips, organize events, and are the umbrella club under which the Desert Garden is being developed.
Chamber Music Club:
A club for (mostly string) musicians to explore music composed for rooms, not for the grand concert hall, in a relaxed setting. The group sight-reads music of their choosing and will work towards polishing a piece. Chamber music builds self-reliance, confidence, and how to communicate without words in an ensemble. Perhaps a flash-mob is in the works for lunch-time!
Get together with other chess enthusiasts, led by Paul Hedrick.